The Stamford, Connecticut, resident Channick comes to Long Wharf from her recent position as managing director at Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and Director of the U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute.
"Joan Channick is one of the American theatre’s most articulate advocates and sharpest minds," stated Long Wharf artistic director Gordon Edelstein in a release. "She is a woman of unimpeachable integrity and generous heart who is one of our industry's most beloved figures. She will be a huge asset to Long Wharf Theatre. I can't wait to begin working with her."
Channick commented "I have watched Long Wharf Theatre’s work with respect and admiration for nearly twenty years. I am honored that Long Wharf has entrusted me with this position, and look forward to my partnership with Gordon and the board as we build a new theatre, deepen our relationship with the New Haven community, and ensure Long Wharf's future as one of the most exciting homes for theatrical artistry in this country."
In her position at Long Wharf, Channick will "be responsible for leading and managing the theatre's operations, including control of all financial, administrative and technical functions" as well as having a "visible role as a spokesperson and representative of Long Wharf Theatre in the greater New Haven community, the state of Connecticut, and the national theatre environment."
Prior to her work with TCG, Channick was associate managing director of Baltimore's Center Stage and marketing director for Yale Repertory Theatre. She came to her theatre career, having practiced law with the Boston firm of Gaston Snow & Ely Bartlett. The graduate of Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and the Yale School of Drama also serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, the International Theatre Institute executive council, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas advisory council and the League of Professional Theatre Women board. She also serves on the faculty of Yale School of Drama, teaching a course on legal issues in the arts. The Long Wharf Theatre, located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT, can be found on the web at www.longwharf.org.